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Griffins Perch

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If the errors had been rectified and the portrayal of women readjusted, this could've been a fast-paced and amazingly unique epic fantasy.

 

Imagine the Mageborn series, with a scoop of Paolini’s Eragon, a dash of Tolkien’s creative mastery and a sprinkling of Matthew Reilly’s action sequences, plus a little corny humour and romance thrown in for good measure. In this epic fantasy tale, Conner brings together a wide array of mythological creatures in a quest to defeat evil. The deranged wizard Daniel, with his thirst for power, plunges this world of magic into chaos, creating all matter of devilish beings and transforming all, but one, of his fellow wizards into dragons! Can one good-hearted wizard convince the vastly different denizens of this world to put aside their differences and band together to defeat the evil left behind? Embarking upon a great quest that will bring together mermaids, elves, pixies, griffins, as well as the feline-esque race named the ‘[d]elphen’, the wizard, Denrael, must fight to retrieve the enchanted artifacts, defeat dragons, trolls, ogres, along with dark fairies, in his attempt to restore peace and harmony to the realm.

 

Conner is a master of world building. He shows great craftmanship and the reader becomes easily enveloped within the environments. The combination of diverse characters, unique mythical cities and complex plot lines have created a tale that is highly original, as well as memorable. His action sequences are fast paced, yet clear, showing skill that is reminiscent of authors such as Matthew Reilly. Overall, this novel held great promise, but where the novel fell short was in Conner’s delivery.

 

Griffins Perch had multiple errors on every single page from start to finish, from simple typographical errors to incoherent sentences. Put simply, it felt unfinished. I also wished the time and location of sections were better marked as chapters would jump about, without distinction. I also did not find myself rooting for any of the characters. They were pretty indiscernible and the portrayal of women in this novel was, frankly, highly offensive. The women were stereotyped and the novel, as a whole, was a little sexist. There were also a couple of rape scenes in this novel, so beware! Problematic characters aside, I also do not think that the target audience was clear. There were elements where I could have been reading anything from a middle-grade novel to an adult one. 

 

To conclude, I think the novel simply needed more work. If the above was adjusted, this could have been an amazing read. The amount of errors consistently drew me out of the narrative. Due to this, I felt reluctant to pick up the novel, once put down. This was paramount in the opening chapters, where I feel this would put many readers off. However, I do applaud Conner on his ability to create such a memorable, upbeat fictional realm, with a fast-paced plot line, drawing on all our favourite fantastical creatures, first time round.

 

Trigger warnings; assault, rape, abuse.

 

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Experienced Content Writer & freelance Editor, with a degree in Philosophy (specialising in Literature). When I'm not reading or reviewing books, I'm writing my first fantasy novel or am getting to grips with my new website and YouTube channel.

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Published on May 18, 2020

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Genre: Epic Fantasy

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